Wednesday (2/6) on his Salt Lake Tribune blog Burger With Relish, David Burger writes, “First Beethoven. Then, Mendelssohn. And soon, Nielsen. Utah audiences will learn who composer Carl Nielsen is during the Utah Symphony’s 2013-2014 season, which was announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Symphony’s home, Abravanel Hall. Music director Thierry Fischer will lead the orchestra through a Nielsen symphony cycle that will include all six of the late Denmark composer’s symphonies next year after prior seasons including symphony cycles for Beethoven (in 2011-2012) and Mendelssohn (in the current season, which wraps up in May). … Fischer’s choice of Nielsen (1865-1931) was made because the maestro believes that Nielsen’s uniquely different symphonies will ‘represent all of the sides of the Utah Symphony.’ Nielsen’s six symphonies show that he was a progressive, risk-taking composer, who began as an admirer of Brahms but then metamorphosed into a forward-thinking believer in experimentation, Fischer said. ‘Each symphony shows an evolution.’ ” Highlights of the orchestra’s 2013-14 schedule include the world premiere of Andrew Norman’s percussion concerto, commissioned by the Utah Symphony and written for Colin Currie.
Posted February 8, 2013